What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is an insurance program paid for by your employer that provides benefits to workers who suffer from a work- related injury. The benefits provided by workers’ compensation include medical bills being paid, and a weekly cash benefit while you are out of work. You may also receive additional benefits if your injury results in any permanent disability. Workers’ compensation also provides your family with benefits if you die as the result of a work related injury.
Is my employer covered by Workers’ Compensation?
Georgia state law requires virtually all businesses that employ more than three people to have workers’ compensation insurance. Most likely, the company that you work for does have workers’ compensation insurance. Morgan & Morgan lawyers in Athens, GA will verify that your employer has workers’ compensation insurance when we investigate your case.
How long do I need to work for a company to qualify for Workers’ Compensation?
As long as the company you work for has workers’ compensation insurance, you are covered as soon as you start working. The first day that you are hired, you are eligible for workers’ compensation.
If I am injured at work, when should I report the injury?
If you do suffer from a work related injury, tell your boss or supervisor immediately. Do not wait to tell them about the injury. If you wait longer than 30 days from the time of the injury, you may not be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. It is very important to inform your employer about any work related injuries as soon as possible. We recommend that you insist a written report is made. Ask for a copy of the report for your records.
Can I be fired for filing a Workers’ Compensation claim?
Because Georgia is an “employment at will” state, you can be fired from your job for any reason other than discrimination. However, even if you are fired by your employer, you are still eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Do I need an attorney to get Workers’ Compensation?
While it is not necessary to hire an attorney to get workers’ compensation benefits, Morgan & Morgan highly recommends speaking with an experienced workers comp attorney who understands the complex issues related to workers’ compensation. Our Athens lawyers can help you file the correct paper work, obtain the necessary medical records, and gather any other needed evidence to win your case.
How much does it cost to hire a Workers’ Compensation attorney?
For a workers’ compensation case, Morgan & Morgan is paid on a contingency basis. That means we only get paid if we recover benefits for you. The attorney’s fees come as a percentage of the benefits you receive, typically 25%. In addition to only getting paid if we win your case, Morgan & Morgan offers a free consultation on all workers’ compensation cases.
If you or someone you know has suffered from a work related injury and feel like you should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, contact Morgan & Morgan as soon as possible. It is very important to start the workers’ compensation quickly, or you may not receive your benefits. For your free consultation, fill out the form on the right hand side of the screen or call our office at (706) 510-2830.